Consumers Energy to Stop Burning Coal by 2025

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved Jackson’s Consumers Energy’s agreement with a diverse group of stakeholders to update its Clean Energy Plan, clearing the way for the company to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2025 — 15 years faster than previously planned — and provide reliable electricity to Michigan.
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Consumers Energy today has plans approved by The Michigan Public Service Commission to end coal burning for energy generation 15 years earlier than initially planned. // Stock Photo
Consumers Energy today has plans approved by The Michigan Public Service Commission to end coal burning for energy generation 15 years earlier than initially planned. // Stock Photo

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved Jackson’s Consumers Energy’s agreement with a diverse group of stakeholders to update its Clean Energy Plan, clearing the way for the company to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2025 — 15 years faster than previously planned — and provide reliable electricity to Michigan.

A broad coalition of supporters for the plan includes customer groups, environmental organizations, MPSC staff, and energy industry representatives. Consumers Energy is one of the first utilities in the nation to go coal-free.

The updates to Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan — first approved in 2019 — include:

Coal plant retirement by 2025 — Closes all three units at the J.H. Campbell coal plant in West Olive in 2025 in addition to two units at the D.E. Karn coal plant in 2023 (as per the 2018 Clean Energy Plan) and will be among the first utilities in the nation to go coal-free by 2025.

System reliability — Ensures supply reliability through the purchase of the Covert Generating Station in Van Buren County, a natural gas-fired power plant. Additionally, Consumers plans to purchase 700 megawatts of electric capacity — roughly the equivalent of a power plant — from a variety of sources through a one-time request for proposal (RFP).

Rise of solar — Continues the rapid transition to clean, renewable sources by adding nearly 8,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2040 ensuring 90 percent of our capacity comes from clean sources. Learn more at ConsumersEnergy.com/MiSolar.

Battery deployment — Accelerates energy storage with a total of 75 MW of energy storage by 2027, achieving 550 MW by 2040.

Affordable energy — Creates price stability and helps customers save an estimated $600 million dollars through 2040 compared to the current plan. Consumers would also continue its successful energy waste reduction programs that have saved customers nearly $5 billion since 2009. In addition, the company has committed to continue to fund utility bill assistance programs for low-income customers.

“This is a historic moment in Michigan’s clean energy transformation journey,” says Garrick Rochow, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “The Clean Energy Plan is a sea change that positions our company as a national leader and empowers us to deliver reliable energy while protecting the planet for decades to come.”

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